Be A Light for the World to See
Every day we wake up thinking we know what is going to happen. The fact is, we don’t know what will happen in an hour’s time, let alone a week, a month or a year. Life is precious and fragile, and the people God places in our path are there for a reason. Over the past few months through the various hardships of hurricanes, fires, and the Las Vegas shooting we have heard the numerous stories of where a person was there at the right place and the right time.
God has placed each of us on a journey. Sometimes the journey is filled with great sorrow and pain, and other times it is filled with overwhelming joy. There are both sad and joyful tears. Sometimes life doesn’t make any sense to us, and then there are moments of such clarity they seem as if they were always meant to be. The one thing that is central to it all is the people in our lives and those we come in contact with on a daily basis.
Life isn’t always happy or problem free, but it is meant to be lived. Some of the most valuable lessons I have learned about life and the power of love were going through difficult times. We were created to love one another. There is always a risk when we choose to love, but it is a risk worth taking. Each of us can have our own opinions, and it doesn’t mean we are right or wrong. We can agree to disagree, but if we don’t demonstrate love we rob others, ourselves and God of life’s most precious gift. Yes, there will be hurt in the process, but think about every time we have hurt God, and God has never wavered in His love for you and I. Every time we choose to love, God wins and so do we.
In all of our imperfections, God has never said we weren’t worth the cost of the cross. God doesn’t need perfection, God desires you!
We are imperfect people living in an imperfect world. We have to die daily to ourselves so Christ can become more and we can become less. The world is in a chaotic state, but we don’t have to be. The things this world has to offer will never bring you peace because we are fighting the principalities of darkness until Jesus returns and the enemy and his followers are forever banished. Each of us has a job to do, and this is why it is important to shine your light.
Earlier this year we attended a Lights Festival to celebrate a birthday, and every person was given a lantern to light and launch into the sky. It was an amazing experience, knowing each lantern represented a person and seeing the beauty of what we can do when our lights shine together. (Don’t mind my chatter in the background)
I love how The Message interprets Matthew 5:14-16
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”
As children of God, we aren’t here on this earth for ourselves, but for everyone else and to give God glory. We receive the blessing daily of knowing we have the ability and promise of giving the hope and encouragement of Christ to every life God places within our sphere of influence.
The world needs to see God’s light more than ever. We have the ability to share our light more and farther than we have ever been able to because of the technology we use on a daily basis.
It is time to “Own It” because sharing faith takes action. Personal action equals ownership. One light can brighten a path, but many lights will illuminate the darkest of places, and nothing can hide or lurk in the darkness.
Will you join me in lighting up the world? We all know someone who is in need of some love, hope, and encouragement. Text, e-mail or call someone and tell them this message. Share this message on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media.
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In a world that thrives on bad news lets share the “Good News!” Let’s share this message of God’s love and be light-bearers to a world that needs to see the light, love, hope, and compassion of Christ in all of us. Show the world your God colors!